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Spring is approaching. White plum blossoms blooming in Tokyo, Japan. Next is the cherry blossoms!

Cherry Blossom Interests

2019/2/18

2019 Japan Cherry Blossom Forecast: slightly earlier or same as usual

Today, I will introduce the cherry blossom forecast of 2019. It is now winter in Japan. However, in Tokyo, plum blossoms began to bloom first. I feel that spring is approaching gradually. Now, the Japanese are starting to feel excited, feeling spring is near. Cherry blossoms are expected to be a little earlier or the same as usual. Please also refer to the following articles for Japanese cherry blossoms.   Summary If you click on this image, the site of Japan Weather Association (in Japanese) will be displayed on a separate page According to the forecast released by the Japan Weather Association on February 7, the cherry blossoms will start flowering from Fukuoka and Kumamoto on March 19. It will flower in Nagasaki and Saga, Kochi on March 21, and Tokyo and Matsuyama on 22th. It will bloom in a wide range from west Japan to eastern Japan by the end of March. In Hokuriku, Nagano and Tohoku regions, there are many places to bloom from early April to mid-April. And on April 29th it will flower in Hakodate, Hokkaido. The forecast for each region announced by the Japan Weather Association is as follows. The cherry blossoms will be in full bloom in about a week after blooming. You can enjoy cherry blossoms for about 10 days after flowering.   Kyushu Region: Cherry Blossom Forecast 2019 Isshingyo Sakura Tree, Aso Kumamoto Japan = shutterstock Map of Kyushu = shutterstock Forecast flowering Average Year Fukuoka City March 19 March 23 Oita City March 24 March 24 Nagasaki ...

Fundamentals

2018/8/13

Recommended Japanese local site! West Japan (Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Okinawa, etc.)

Next are related sites of Western Japan. If you are thinking of going to Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Okinawa, etc., the following sites will tell us useful information. Chugoku & Shikoku region related website Hiroshima Regarding tourist spots in Hiroshima Prefecture such as Miyajima Island and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, I recommend you visit "VISIT HIROSHIMA" operated by tourist office in Hiroshima Prefecture. >> VISIT HIROSHIMA is here Setouchi The Seto Inland Sea between Honshu and Shikoku is a sea with calm waves. It is dotted with small islands and creates beautiful scenery. The Seto Inland Sea and its surrounding areas are collectively referred to as "Setouchi". For Setouchi, "Setouchi Finder" posts the information in detail very much. It is managed by the Setouchi Tourism Authority, a collaboration between the seven prefectures that make up Setouchi (Hyogo, Okayama, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Tokushima, Kagawa and Ehime). >> Setouchi Finder is here San'in The northern part of the Chugoku region (the Sea of Japan side of West Honshu) is collectively referred to as San'in, or Sanin. This area is isolated from major cities in the south such as Hiroshima by the Chugoku mountains area. So, San'in area is relatively delayed in development since the late 20th century. For that reason, a surprisingly beautiful traditional world is left. Regarding San'in, I recommend you visit "Discaver San'in" operated by municipalities in this area. >> Discaver San'in is here   Kyushu region related website Kyushu Regarding tourist information in Kyushu, I recommend that you visit "ONSEN ISLAND KYUSHU". This site is managed by ...

Kintaikyo Bridge at Iwakuni, Yamagushi, Japan. It is a wooden bridge with sequential arches = shutterstock

Destinations

2018/5/28

Yamaguchi Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

Yamaguchi prefecture is the prefecture which is the westernmost point of Honshu. Yamaguchi Prefecture faces the calm Seto Inland Sea on the south side, while the north side faces the wild Japanese sea. Shinkansen runs in the southern area of this prefecture, but in the north area it is inconvenient to get to. Since there are various areas in this prefecture, please find your favorite tourist spot by all means. Outline of Yamaguchi Map of Yamaguchi Points The sightseeing spots in Yamaguchi Prefecture are really varied. If you are planning a trip with Hiroshima prefecture as the main destination, I would recommend going to Kintaikyo Bridge in Iwakuni City, which is close to Hiroshima prefecture. Kintaikyo is a fairly interesting bridge. If you are interested in nature, I recommend that you go to Akiyoshidai in Misaki. There is the largest limestone cave in Japan. If you are interested in Japanese history and traditional buildings, I recommend that you go to Hagi city in the northern part of Yamaguchi Prefecture. In the latter half of the nineteenth century, Hagi played an important role when Japan ended the Tokugawa shogunate and accelerated modernization. Access Airport Yamaguchi Prefecture has Yamaguchi Ube Airport. At Yamaguchi Ube Airport, scheduled flights are only being operated with Haneda Airport in Tokyo. People who go from Tokyo to Yamaguchi prefecture are a little more likely to use airplanes than Shinkansen. However, if your destination in Yamaguchi Prefecture is far from the airport, it may be faster to use the Shinkansen. From Yamaguchi Ube Airport ...

Sunset in Shinji Lake, Matsue, Shimane, Japan

Destinations

2018/5/28

Shimane Prefecture : 7 Best Attractions and Things to do

Formerly famous writer Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) lived in Matsue in Shimane prefecture and loved this land very much. In Shimane prefecture, a beautiful world that attracts people is left. On this page, I will introduce you to a particularly wonderful tourist destination in Shimane Prefecture. Outline of Shimane Map of Shimane Points Geography Shimane Prefecture is situated in Chugoku region's northwest, and faces the Sea of Japan. Generally, the area along the Sea of Japan in Chugoku District is called "San'in", so Shimane Prefecture belongs to San'in area. There is Shimane Peninsula in the northwestern part of this prefecture. Lake Nakaumi and Lake Shinji are between the mainland and this peninsula. You will find Oki Islands around 70-100 km north of Shimane Peninsula. Access Railway It is convenient to utilize JR via Yonago in Tottori Prefecture from Okayama to visit Shimane Prefecture by railroad. Airpots Shimane prefecture has three airports. Izumo Airport in the eastern part of the prefecture, Iwami Airport (also called Hagi-Iwami Airport) in the western part of the prefecture, and Oki airport in Oki Islands. Izumo Airport Izumo Airport is situated on the west coast of Lake Shinji. It is also convenient to stop by Izumo and Matsue cities. Iwami Airport Iwami Airport is situated around 5 km west of Masuda city. Oki Airport Oki Airport is situated at the south shore of Dougo Island in Oki Islands. Recommended videos related to Shimane   Matsue The view from the top of Matsue Castle, a National Treasure of Japan, Matsue, Japan = ...

Tottori sand dune, Tottori, Japan = Shutterstock

Destinations

2018/5/28

Tottori Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

Tottori prefecture is on the Japan Sea side of the Chugoku district. This prefecture is one of the areas with the least depopulation in Japan. The population of this prefecture is only 560,000 people. But in this quiet world there are many places to heal your mind. On this page, I will introduce sightseeing spots etc in Tottori Prefecture. Outline of Torrori Points Tottori prefecture is located on the Japan Sea side of Chugoku region. It is an elongated area of about 125 kilometers east-west and about 60 kilometers north-south. For this reason, Tottori prefecture is often explained separately on the east side and the west side. The center of the west side of Tottori prefecture is Tottori city. The best tourist attraction in this town is Tottori Dune. This sand dune spreads about 16 kilometers in the east and west, about 2.4 kilometers in the north and south, and it is known as the largest sand dune in Japan. Japan is rich in greenery in general, so big sand dune like this is unusual. In eastern Tottori prefecture, snow falls often in winter. However, it does not pile up much. Here in winter, you can eat very tasty crab. The center of the west side of Tottori prefecture is Yonago city. In this town there is a spa town called Kaike Onsen. Even in this area, crabs are very delicious in winter. Access Airport Tottori prefecture has two airports: Tottori Airport Tottori Airport is located approximately 7 km northwest of Tottori city center. From ...

Atomic Bomb Dome memorial building in Hiroshima,Japan = Adobe Stock

Destinations

2018/5/28

Hiroshima Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

Hiroshima prefecture is the center of Chugoku district. Hiroshima city with the prefectural office's location is famous as a city damaged by the atomic bomb during the Second World War. If you go to Hiroshima, you can visit the famous museum that memorized those days. At the same time, you can feel the strength of this city that was later rebuilt. Hiroshima has Miyajima Island which is a very popular tourist attraction. A trip to Hiroshima will give you a lot of wonderful experiences. Outline of Hiroshima Prefecture Map of Hiroshima Prefecture Summary There are two sightseeing spots which can not be removed from itinerary during Hiroshima sightseeing. One is Miyajima Island in the Seto Inland Sea. And the other is Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Hiroshima city. Hiroshima prefecture is located in a calm area facing the Seto Inland Sea in western Japan. This prefecture is connected to the Ehime prefecture of Shikoku on the other side of the Seto Inland Sea by a connecting bridge named "Shimanami Kaido". From this bridge you can enjoy the scenery of the beautiful Seto Inland Sea. Shimanami Kaido's starting point is Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Onomichi is a beautiful town often used as a film location. You may stop by Onomichi. Access Airport There is Hiroshima Airport in Mihara city, Hiroshima prefecture. It is approximately 45 minutes by bus to JR Hiroshima Station from this airport. At Hiroshima Airport, scheduled flights are operated with the following airports. International flights Seoul / Incheon Beijing Shanghai / Pudong Dalian ...

Unknown tourists are enjoying the old-fashioned boat along the Kurashiki canal in Bikan district of Kurashiki city, Japan = Shutterstock

Destinations

2018/5/28

Okayama Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

Okayama prefecture is a temperate area facing the Seto Inland Sea. In Kurashiki city in this area, traditional Japanese streets are preserved. Okayama City has Okayama Castle and Korakuen Garden. Okayama prefecture is relatively close to Osaka and Hiroshima, so if you travel in western Japan, you can drop in easily. Since Okayama prefecture is connected with Shikoku by a bridge, you can travel from Okayama to Shikoku. Outline of Okayama Seto Ohashi Bridge from Mt.Washu lookout in Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture, Japan. Seto Ohashi bridge is a bridge connecting Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture and Sakaide City, Kagawa Prefecture = shutterstock Map of Okayama Okayama prefecture, in a word, is a very calm area. This area is blessed both climatically and economically. Weather and climate of Okayama prefecture The climate of Okayama prefecture is very calm throughout the year. There are mountains in the northern part of Okayama prefecture. So even if moist air comes from the northern Japan Sea in the winter, the mountains block it. That is why snow hardly gets down. In the summer, rain clouds come from the Pacific Ocean on the south side, but the mountains of Shikoku located south of Okayama Prefecture block it. So it will not rain so hard. The economy of Okayama prefecture Okayama prefecture is not bad economically. Okayama prefecture is near Osaka and transportation convenience is good. So Okayama Prefecture has diverse industries. Many factories are located in the coastal area. Furthermore, because the weather is stable, fruit cultivation such as peach is also ...

Miyajima shrine, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan = Adobe Stock

Destinations

2018/5/28

Chugoku Region! Best things to do in 5 Prefectures

The sightseeing spots in Chugoku region are rich in individuality that can not be explained in a word. Conversely, if you travel in the Chugoku region, you can enjoy a variety of sightseeing spots. The south side of this region faces the calm Seto Inland Sea. There are calm sightseeing spots like Miyajima in Hiroshima prefecture. On the other hand, the northern side is an area where development has been delayed, leaving a wonderful traditional world that even the Japanese have forgotten. Outline of Chugoku Region Izumo Taisha Shrine in Shimane, Japan. To pray, Japanese people usually clap their hands 2 times, but for this shrine with the different rule, they have to clap hands 4 times instead = AdobeStock Map of Chugoku = shutterstock Points Chugoku region is located in the west side of Honshu. It is an elongated region to the east and west. In the middle of this region, the mountains called "Chugoku Sanchi" are connected to the east and west. Therefore, the south side and the north side of Chugoku region are divided by this mountain. The south side has a large population, industries are developing. On the other hand, the northern part is a serious area with a declining population. Hiroshima prefecture on the south side has the most tourists in the Chugoku region. This area has Miyajima Island which is the most popular among foreign tourists. There is a maritime shrine named "Itsukushima Shrine". And the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Hiroshima city has been overwhelmingly highly valued among ...

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